NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- A bill that would ban the use of a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving passed the Tennessee Senate on Tuesday with a 23-7 vote.
State Rep. John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton) shared the news with News Channel 11, saying in a text message, “This is a great day for the state of Tennessee and it’s residence (sic). Our roads will definitely be safer and lives will be saved.”
Rep. Holsclaw has been pushing for this legislation in Nashville for several years.
The goal is to have drivers across the state of Tennessee drive with a hands-free device if they choose to talk on a phone.
Drivers would be allowed to use a mounting device or bluetooth.
The bill will now head to Governor Bill Lee’s desk. If approved, it will go into effect July 1, 2019.